Thursday, March 20, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Paso Robles Red Blend - 2009 Cirque du Vin - Peachy Canyon Winery

During a quick stop at Whole Foods to grab a couple of Ribeye steaks for a dinner of sous vide steaks with Bearnaise sauce, I decided to pick up a couple of everyday wines.  I saw this red blend and once I saw it was from Paso Robles, and was a very interesting blend of Bordeaux varietals plus Zinfandel and Petit Sirah, I decided to give it a try. It wasn't until I sat down to write this review that I noticed it was from Peachy Canyon Winery - makers of awesome Zinfandels that the wife and I had visited in Paso Robles many years ago.

Wine: 2009 Cirque du Vin - Peachy Canyon Winery
Region: Paso Robles, California
Grape Varieties:  Red Blend (45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Zinfandel, 16% Petit Sirah, 16% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec)
Obtained from: Purchased at Whole Foods
Price: $19.00
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural Cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: The wine is clear, with a pink rim.
Aroma: Dark fruits like black cherry along with some vanilla and baking spices.
Taste: Delicious! Nicely balanced, lots of fruit with a nice long finish. Full bodied, nicely tannic but definitely ready to drink.

The Grade: I give this one an A+. Wow! This "kitchen sink" blend of so many varietals, even Zinfandel which isn't as common in blended wines, really works.  At under $20 this wine is a great value and one that I will buy again...soon.  Enjoy the circus of wine!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jim,

    So glad to hear you enjoyed our Cirque du Vin! We've been making the Cirque for years... Originally it went by a different name, Jester, but another winery decided they wanted to make a wine by that name, so we switched. Personally, I love the name "circus of wine," because our life here in Paso is pretty much that!


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